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My dog?Louie?found and ingested?rat poison?and I had to take him to the ER. In a case like this they make him?throw up?and then give him?activated charcoal?to absorb the rest of the poison. It was scary but Louie should be?fine?
What?s the lesson from all of this?
1. Make sure you have rat poison traps that are locked correctly
2. Scan your whole backyard and double check everything (which I thought I did)
3. Even if poison tastes good don?t eat it
I thought since we are on the poison theme and it?s the end of the year I would list?my top 8 foods to AVOID! (no particular order and could probably find more)
8. Processed Table Salt?? not all salt is created equal ??avoid processed table salt?because it causes your body to retain fluids and most table ?salt? is?iodized?and puts people at risk for abnormally large thyroid gland and cause?thyroid-related autoimmune disorders.?Excess iodine in the diet can also lead to nausea, headaches and unhealthy hormone levels.?Use either Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt
7. Margarine ? the?vegetable oils?used to make regular margarine?s today have a high concentration of polyunsaturated fats and the process of hardening those oils to create the more solid structure of margarine, known as hydrogenation, generates artificial trans fats. (that?s not good)?Use grass-fed Butter or Ghee
6. Kids Cereal?? i won?t get all sciencey (made up word :)) sugar, lots of processing, and artificial flavoring ??Try Go Raw Cereal Sprouted Granola
5. Microwave Popcorn ? The?bag?itself contains chemicals and with ingredients such as partially hydrogenated soybean oil, palm oil, salt and?TBHQ? stands for ?Tertiary Butylhydroquinone.? It?s a dead giveaway that you?shouldn?t be eating this, if food companies have to use an acronym for a long chemical name on the ingredient label.?Make your own?
popcorn ? here are the ingredients to one ? (Food Babe?s Super-food popcorn)
4. Fancy Coffee Drinks?? Now that the holidays are around the corner we see even more of these fancy drinks. What we don?t see is the?50 grams of sugarin them. These can be addicting because of the sugar and caffeine.?Just stick to the basic drinks and celebrate the holidays another way?
3. Factory Farmed Meat (and fish)?You are what?they?eat, and if the livestock or fish that you?re grilling up for dinner is fed hormones, drugs and anunnatural diet?grown using?chemical pesticides and fertilizers, that?s not good news for you!!?Eat grass fed meat and wild fish
2. White Flour (i.e. bagels, most breads, muffins and pastries) I know it?s tempting but once you stop eating it you will find that you won?t be tempted as much. White flour is really nothing more than?refined carbohydrates?and can contribute to weight gain. Enriched white flour causes your body to scream through the ride of a sugar high roller coaster. ??Use Ezekial bread, sourdough bread or bread you can see the grains.?
(or just avoid it all together?
1. Soft Drinks or Diet Drinks?? We all know this by now??Sugar, artificial flavoring?blah, blah, blah?Drink water, tea or black coffee
I could go on and on with this list but it?s all about taking?small steps?and eliminating these foods/drinks that can set you?off trackto reach your goals.
If you have a soft drink a?few times a year there is nothing wrong with thatjust make sure it is not a daily or weekly occurrence.
Bottom Line:?Don?t poison yourself or your dog?
Have a great weekend!
Is breakfast really that important? ?It?depends?who you talk to?
Mainstream media and big cereal companies (e.g., Kellogg) have always stressed that breakfast is the most?important?meal of the day.
I would beg to differ.
Breakfast is the most?marketed?meal of the day. Why?
Because any company that convinces you to eat their cereal, bagel, or Pop Tart owns your breakfast, as most people eat the same breakfast daily.
Studies?show that due to our stringent breakfast routines, consumers have strong brand loyalty to certain cereals.
How about those?Tony the Tiger?ads that got tens of thousands of children to eat Frosted Flakes every morning for years?!
(I actually was one of those kids! Before I got into health.?)
Most breakfast cereals rank just behind cookies, candy, ice cream, and sugary drinks as a source of?dietary sugar.
Also, instant oatmeal and/or instant cream of wheat is highly processed as well.
So two questions:
That is up to you? If you are eating something?processed?(bagel, muffin, pancakes, donuts, or pastries) or with large amounts of?sugar?(most yogurts or anything with??instant??in front of it) ? I would?avoid?breakfast, and have black coffee or green tea or?what I have.?
You can break your fast with a?healthy lunch?and save time in the morning.
Also, by skipping breakfast, you?balance?out your fasting and feeding times.
The human body is?designed?to go periods without food.
Most people think that eating first thing in the A.M. will give you the fuel to start the day, but your body has?plenty of left over fuel and?glycogen (when that runs out ? fat) stored inside of you.
Glycogen?is your most easily accessible energy source and can last for days.
If we?start eating?the minute we roll out of bed and do not stop until we go to sleep, we spend almost all of our time in a?fed state.
Eggs?are a good choice, and you can get creative with how you make them (scrambled, omelette, sunny side up, etc.) and what you put in them (veggies, cheese, avocado, etc.).
Most importantly, avoid?anything processed or that you would throw in your?microwave. So no?bagel, muffin, or pastry with the eggs.
So the?bottom line?is that marketers and big corps want you to think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, when it actually is just?another meal.
For a while, I was?convinced?as well, but after researching and skipping breakfast myself, I realized it wasn?t a big deal.
I had even more energy to work out and/or go to work all in a?fasted state.
Also, short-term fasting leads to?several changes?in the body that make fat burning easier. This includes?reduced insulin, increased?growth hormone, enhanced?epinephrine?signaling (adrenaline), and a small boost in metabolism.?
So figure out if?breakfast?is that important for you, and you will see that it?s not all it?s hyped up to be.
Have a great day!
A question I always get from friends, family, and clients is what bars should I buy to snack on?
It has gotten quite confusing going to the store and choosing from at least a dozen different bars.
The first question I would ask is do you have any allergies?
The second question I would ask is do you have any dietary restrictions (kosher, vegan, vegetarian, etc.)?
The?quick and easy?way to tell which bar to choose is pick the bar with the?least?amount of ingredients and make sure you can?pronounce?each one.?Pay attention to the first ingredient because that has the highest % content in the bar
LaraBar ? 6 ingredients ? Kosher ? Vegan ? Non-GMO ? Dairy Free ? Gluten Free ? larabar.com
Rx Bar ? 7 ingredients ???Non GMO?? ?? ??No Dairy?? ?? ???No Soy?? ?? ???No Gluten ? rxbar.com
Amrita Bars ? Solid ingredients ? Vegan ? Raw ? Gluten Free ? Soy Free ? Peanut Free ? Dairy Free ? amritahealthfoods.com
Youbars.com ? make your own bars! ?No excuses for bad ingredients?
Go Raw Bars ? 4-6 ingredients ? Organic and Sprouted (free of anything harmful) ? goraw.com
Hope this helps!